Palace issues rare statement denying claims Kate feels 'exhausted and trapped'

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

The palace has issued a rare statement on behalf of the Duchess of Cambridge, who denies reports she is “furious” and feels “exhausted and trapped”.

It was a royal insider who claimed Kate may be dressing up and smiling on camera, but was actually seething inside, in an interview with Tatler magazine this week.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research Centre in Grange, County Meath on March 4, 2020 near Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking an official visit to Ireland at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The palace denies Kate is feeling 'exhausted and trapped'. Photo: Getty

Kate and her husband Prince William have been seen on frequent Zoom calls in recent weeks as they speak to staff on the frontline battling the illness.

The mother of three, 38, is working more this year compared with last according to the engagements listed in the Court Circular, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But the society magazine quoted the friend of the duchess as saying: “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this.

“She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.”

It’s prompted an unusual denial from Kensington Palace, issuing a statement that reads: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”

However a Tatler spokesman responded claiming Kensington Palace knew it was running the ‘Catherine the Great’ cover months ago, according to ITV.

“And we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.”

Undated handout videograb issued by Kensington Palace of the Duchess of Cambridge being interviewed on ITV's This Morning, speaking about her new photographic project Hold Still.
Kate launched her photography project as part of her royal work. (Kensington Palace)

It’s common for news outlets to seek a right of reply from a story subject before publication.

Since the coronavirus outbreak led to lockdown in the UK, Kate and William have been living in Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, where they have been homeschooling their children.

They have shifted their usual royal work focus and are concentrating on the response to the pandemic, including the mental health of those frontline and key workers across the UK.

The couple will inevitably have faced a larger workload following the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step back as senior royals.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge clap for NHS carers as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England.The 'Big Night In' brings the nation an evening of unforgettable entertainment in a way we've never seen before. Raising money for and paying tribute to those on the front line fighting Covid-19 and all the unsung heroes supporting their communities. (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
The whole Cambridge family has been involved during the lockdown. (Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need)

The family is also missing a working royal in Prince Andrew, who stepped back indefinitely in November.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla now carry out many of their engagements online, but are both in the age range considered high risk for COVID-19.

Charles, 71, tested positive for it in March, but only displayed mild symptoms. Camilla, 72, tested negative.

The Queen is in Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip. At 94 and 98, extra care has to be taken to ensure their good health.

Kate and William have stepped up to fill those gaps, and in the last few weeks have made calls to charities across the UK, become bingo callers for a care home game, and voiced a mental health minute that was played out on radio stations.

Kate also launched a photography project which she hopes will capture the mood and moment of the nation in the pandemic.

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